Both handsets are expected to hit shelves in mid-April
Canadian carrier Bell plans to launch two new handsets next month. It appears that AT&T’s affordable Samsung Rugby Smart will be making its debut in Canada as well, via Bell.According to the folks over at MobileSyrup, the smartphone will be released as Samsung Galaxy Rugby on April 11. In addition, Bell is expected to launch a rugged handset on April 10, the Sonim S5520 Bolt.
There are no details on the phones’ pricing options and the launch dates may be subject to change. However, we can expect both handsets to be priced very cheap.
In fact, there’s a high chance that both will be available for free with a new three-year agreement, unless the carrier won’t offer the handsets on PAYG (pay as you go).
Samsung Galaxy Rugby is mid-range smartphone powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and the manufacturer’s TouchWiz 4.0 user interface on top.
Just like the almost indestructible Sonim S5520 Bolt, the Galaxy Rugby is water-resistant, as well as shock and dust-resistant. It also comes with four touch-sensitive controls, accelerometer, proximity, and compass.
The insides of the smartphone are not that impressive, but it can easily match the best Windows Phone device available on the market.
In this regard, the phone is equipped with a 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and packs 4GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the back, which features autofocus, LED flash and HD (720p) video recording. A secondary 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera is available as well.
The phone is powered by a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery, which is rated by the manufacturer for up to 384 hours of standby time or up to 8 hours of talk time.
There are no details on Sonim S5520 Bolt’s specs sheet for the moment, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.